Hyde Park stands as the epicentre of green London. Upon entering its vast grounds, it’s hard to imagine that you are stood in the middle of one of Europe’s biggest and most populous cities. Due to its size, it’s easy to spend hours wandering aimlessly through Hyde Park simply admiring the verdant surroundings, but that’s not the only thing there is to do in this wide open space; there is more to this park than just green fields and trees.
Here’s our comprehensive guide to Hyde Park.
The park itself is open most of the day, from 5am to 12am so you have plenty of time to enjoy its many charms and wonders during a trip to London.
Parking for Hyde Park
If you are visiting this beautiful piece of London greenery with your car, then it’s quite possible you will be after a place to park. Although parking in the city is notoriously difficult, there are plenty of places close to the park that make it much more hassle-free – ideal if you are travelling with small children or pets.
Here are some of the best options within close proximity of the park:
London Car Park – multi-level car park on Porchester Terrace North, W2
The Mayfair Car Park – very close to Park Lane, Oxford Street and other wonderful attractions
Q-Park, Park Lane – located directly beneath the park at W1K 7AN, this is the most convenient of the lot, but expect it to be busy.
Events in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is not only a wonderful open space in the city, it’s also a world-class venue that hosts everything from concerts to festivals. As we are approaching the summer, you can be certain that there will be plenty of great events on. Here’s the pick of the bunch:
15th & 16th April – Discovery Day – Animal Magic
9th May – CLAPA Hyde Park Sponsored Walk
31st May – Vitality World Triathlon London
14th June – Steps for Jo’s: The London 5 and 10
18th June – Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – this event in particular will see some of the world’s best music acts perform in the park, the headliners are as follows: The Strokes – Thursday June 18th, Blur – Saturday June 20th, Kylie Minogue – Sunday June 21th, The Who – Friday June 26th and Taylor Swift – Saturday June 27th.
Things to see and do
Besides the many organised events that are taking place in the park this year, there are plenty of other things to see and do all year round. One thing you’ll notice when you walk into the park is the number of memorials, fountains and statues that there are to explore, marvel at and learn about.
Some of the best include the Diana Memorial Fountain, an everlasting tribute to the Princess of Wales; The 7 July Memorial, dedicated to those who lost their lives in the London Bombings of 2005; The Statue of Achilles, dedicated to the Duke of Wellington; the Joy of Life Fountain; The Holocaust Memorial and The Boy and Dolphin Fountain, among many other marvellous tributes and icons of remembrance.
Of course, there are other things to explore here also. Speakers’ Corner, where people gather to debate and speak their mind about a topic important to them is a great place to interact with everyday Londoners; and with the General Election coming up, you can be sure there will be plenty of people here with something to say. There are also sports opportunities, wildlife and self-guided walks to keep you occupied in one of London’s largest parks.
With summer just around the corner, one of the best things that you can do in the park involves nothing more than packing up a picnic and sitting on the grass. When the weather is fine, you will see hundreds of Londoners doing the same and it makes for a great atmosphere.
Getting there from your hotel
Hyde Park is incredibly close to the Park Grand Kensington hotel and it could not be simpler to get there.
To take the Tube, simply walk to Earl’s Court Underground Station and catch one of the regular trains (they arrive at three-minute intervals) on the Piccadilly Line towards Knightsbridge. From here, the park is a couple of minutes’ walk away. The entire journey should take you no longer than 15 minutes.
To walk, simply follow these easy instructions: Walk north until you meet Cromwell Road. Turn right here until you come to Exhibition Road (you will walk past the Natural History Museum on your left). Turn left here and continue straight up until you reach the park. You will be stood at the southern point, roughly in the middle.